After what felt like a century but was only a few days, I finally tried out my beta copy of "Night Terrors," an Augmented Reality Horror Survival Game (ARG).
What you see in the video above is what Novum Analytics expects the final product to be like. However, like any other game, this smartphone-based ARG has to be tested in different stages in order for the final product to become a reality.
With that in mind, I have not gotten my hands on a complete build. I did get to chase a fairy through the woods for a bit, though.
Testing It Out During the Day
Build 1: Stationary, optical tracking with augmented element. Element will move around player, approach and retreat in view. Works (and was built) for dark testing, but will work in light.
Nothing outside of the word "light" in the description of the 'Night Terrors' build I received encouraged me to use the device outdoors. It was out of curiosity and necessity. I wondered if it would work outside, and I had to borrow my friend's iPhone to use TestFlight.
Strolling through a park in Central Indiana, my friend and I loaded the game onto her phone and decided to see what the build offered. And that was a great example of why you should read what exactly you are testing before you test it. Part of me expected some of the map building to be in the build, but at least I got to check out some of the primary functions of the game.
After contributing to the startup of the Night Terrors, an Augmented Reality Game (ARG), I received a beta copy.
The issue is, it's only for iOS in its beta stage. I use Android.
Fret not, though, I have an iPhone I can use to begin testing the game before it's finally released. And I am going to do my best to share the experience with you. In all honesty, I'm probably a little too stoked for this. But perhaps, after you check it out, you will be too.
What's 'Night Terrors'?
While digging around the Interwebs to see what has been going on lately, I found a fairly intriguing website.
Before we get to the website, though, I thought I would share how Japan does the opening pitch:
Yes, you saw that right. You just watched Sadako from The Ring and Kayako from The Grudge face off in good ol' game of baseball.
Sh*t to Read
Now on to the main event. I felt the need to share this website, and it is the reason for this blog post to be quite honest. I am in no way affiliated with the website either; it's simply interesting.
If you have ever needed something to read while you're giving it your best go on the Porcelain John, then you should check out Poop Fiction. Select the length of time you think you'll need, and it generates a random story that should take about that amount of time to read.
While I don't recommend bringing your smart phone with you to the loo--but you are going to do it anyway--perhaps consider giving one of these stories a good read while you're at it. Also, the main argument against using your phone on the pot is that it might fall in. Almost everything in this world is covered in sh*t, donchaknow?
When it comes to the horror genre, there are a lot of buildings involved. If you think about it for a second, dozens of images will swirl through your mind. The hotel from The Shining. That one house from The Changeling.
Perhaps you know some of these places are real, or at least, based on real locations. But perhaps there are a few you didn't. For no real good reason other than I like this kind of stuff, I've compiled a list of 5 Famous Fictional Places Based on Real Places.
1. "Overlook Hotel"/Stanley hotel
What makes the Stanley Hotel different from other places on the list is the fact tourists and locals alike have continuously acknowledged paranormal activity for most of its existence.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.